Tag Archives: Covid-19

Interview: Covid-19 expert Karl Friston

NEUROSCIENTIST Karl Friston, of University College London, builds mathematical models of human brain function. Lately, he’s been applying his modelling to Covid-19, and using what he learns to advise Independent Sage, the committee set up as an alternative to the UK government’s official pandemic advice body, the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage)…

Photo credit: Kate Peters

This article first appeared in The Observer on 31 May 2020. To continue reading, click here.

Covid-19 and the grassroots

PANDEMICS hand power to the people. Leadership is necessary, for an optimal outcome, but essentially it’s up to us what happens next. It’s in times like these that grassroots political movements can come into their own – if they know how to adapt to the circumstances…

Sardine baitball by Sudokuhani – own work, CC BY-SA 3.0

This article first appeared in The Guardian on 15 May 2020. To continue reading, click here.

The coronavirus slayer!

ON 20 January, KK Shailaja phoned one of her medically trained deputies. She had read online about a dangerous new virus spreading in China. “Will it come to us?” she asked. “Definitely, Madam,” he replied. And so the health minister of the Indian state of Kerala began her preparations…

KK Shailaja, aka Shailaja Teacher, Kerala’s health minister

This article first appeared in The Guardian on 14 May 2020. To continue reading, click here.

 

Will coronavirus lead to fairer societies? Thomas Piketty explores the prospect

THE French economist Thomas Piketty is the bestselling author of Capital in the Twenty-First Century (2013) and its follow-up, Capital and Ideology (2019), a sweep through 1,000 years of the history of inequality. Speaking to the Guardian, he said he had been thinking about the opportunities this pandemic may present to build fairer, more equal societies…

Thomas Piketty by B. Sutherton – own work, CC BY-SA 4.0

This article appeared in The Guardian on 12 May 2020. To continue reading, click here.

Coronavirus: on protecting the vulnerable

PANDEMICS force societies to take a hard look at themselves. With many countries beginning to lift lockdown, we’ve arrived at another one of those mirror moments: whether we experience a second wave of coronavirus infections depends in large part on the health status of some of the most vulnerable groups in society…

Vial migrant camp, Chios, Greece. Photo credit: Apostolos Veizis.

This article first appeared in The Guardian on 3 May 2020. To continue reading, click here.